It just might be the biggest danger you can run in to on the road these days.
While cities such as San Antonio have tried to crack down in recent years, the experts will tell you distracted driving continues to take a big toll.
“We wonder how can that happen during the middle of the day. How could somebody have a head-on collision at 10 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon–the car veering over. Often times, it’s distracted driving” said Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas. He told KTSA News the numbers are eye opening and staggering all at once.
“When you see something like 10% of all fatal crashes are because of distracted driving, you’ve got to sit up and say to yourself I could be one of those so easily” Hanna said.
While some progress is being made, Hanna said your best defense is to be on the defensive every second you are behind the wheel.
“You have to be on the lookout for those folks. It’s just so scary. When you’re driving down the road at 70 miles per hour, in a two-ton vehicle–you look to the side of you, and the guy or the woman is not looking at the road–they have a phone in their face” Hanna said.